The Future Is Now 2023

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that registration is open for its seventh annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held virtually from 12 – 4:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

Early bird pricing of $30 per ticket will be available through Wednesday, March 15, when the price will increase to $50 per ticket.

The Future Is Now will explore the intersection of legal innovation and professionalism through the lens of delivering legal services to today’s consumers.

Conference speakers will discuss how to prioritize the principles of professionalism—including civility; legal innovation; access to justice; well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and more—and why they matter for the effective delivery of legal services.

The conference will kick off with featured speaker Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis. Chief Justice Theis will be followed by TED-like talks and interactive town hall discussions from legal industry thought leaders including:

  • Mark Britton, Advisor to Clio, Clearbrief, and Tangibly; Founder of Britton will discuss how to build a client-centered business model that enables attorneys to address the overwhelming number of legal problems that go unmet. (More info)
  • Nkoyo-Ene Effiong Lewis, Director of Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia. Effiong Lewis will speak on how lawyers can more effectively serve clients and build their practices by embracing cultural differences and increasing their cultural competency. (More info)
  • Kara Hardin, Chief Executive Officer, The Practice Lab. Hardin will teach attorneys how to advocate for their mental health and well-being at work, why the “Performance Paradox” impedes legal practice, and how system-based interventions (like trauma-informed lawyering) can promote attorney wellness and overall success. (More info)

Additional speakers will be announced later this month.

An optional “Continue the Conversation” session will be held after the conference from 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. CDT, providing attendees with another opportunity to discuss the topics of the day with fellow participants.

If you are a student or are in need of financial accommodation, please contact Chelsea Woodmansee at for a promotional code.

Attendees are eligible to receive 4.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE credit and 1.0 hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE credit.

Register Here

About the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

The Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2005 under Supreme Court Rule 799(c) to foster increased civility, professionalism, and inclusiveness among lawyers and judges in Illinois. By advancing the highest standards of conduct among lawyers and judges, the Commission on Professionalism works to better serve clients and society alike. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @2CivilityOrg.

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